Toyota will use advanced self-driving tech in commercial vehicles first

Toyota plans to first deploy advanced self-driving features in commercial vehicles before adding them to passenger cars meant for personal use, a senior official at the automaker said on Tuesday.

It will be easier to apply self-driving technology that does not require constant and direct human-monitoring to taxis and non-passenger vehicles, said James Kuffner, chief of Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD).

Toyota is developing self-driving technology in areas including on-demand ride services, mobile shops and ambulatory hospitals. The operators of these vehicles could control when and where they are deployed and oversee their maintenance, Kuffner told reporters at the opening of its new offices in Tokyo.